Thursday, April 29, 1999

New software!

Another exciting day! I received two pieces of software today. The first (and probably most important to visitors of this site :-) is the Macintosh FontLab 3.0. This is a very sophisticated program; just a casual trial today proves that there is a lot of power under the hood. While I probably won't completely give up Fontographer, I'm going to start migrating all of my final output to FontLab.

The other software arrived in the mail from Sweden. ReBirth RB-338 - an analog synthesizer and drum machine in one. Here's another program with a lot of power under the hood. I was especially impressed by the fact that I can route the audio output of ReBirth into my Cubase sequencer - and it's digital the whole way!

In more font related news: I'm finishing up the long-awaited demo of Nu Sans 9.0. I just have a few characters to get straightened out and then I'll upload it to Info-Mac before the end of the month. I'm still debating whether I should put it on my web page before it gets posted on Info-Mac.

Wednesday, April 28, 1999

Don't quit your day job?

I've had a pretty busy and (somewhat) productive day. I tried increasing the icon sizes from the main page from 32 pixels square to 48 pixels square. That worked OK, but everything else needed to be increased as well. Unfortunately, even at the highest resolution on my iMac, the whole page doesn't display without having to scroll - back to the drawing board, I guess. I might be able to keep the bigger icons and then just modify the rest so that it doesn't take up so much space.

I also put in a lot more work on Tiny. I've created an outline font to be used as a base for the fully hinted TrueType font. My goal is to have something that looks great on screen at those tiny point sizes, but can also be used for display purposes. So I spent a few hours adjusting side bearings and trying out different stem weights.

I'm trying to keep this page updated daily, as Scooter Graphics is my only job. That's right, I've done the proverbial worst thing in the shareware world; I've quit my day job :-). I've found that I can make just as much money working 4 hours a day at home as I could working 8 hours a day 20 miles from home. Less wear and tear on my truck and my kitty gets to see me more. It's the best of both worlds!

Monday, April 26, 1999

Receipt released

Well, I decided to make Receipt just a plain ole' TrueType/PostScript font. A demo version is now available. I'm currently filling out the character set which should make it easier to use in non-US systems. (Of course, accented characters are not really a possibility!)

Thursday, April 15, 1999


From the receipt of one of my favorite diners comes the inspiration for "Receipt" (clever name, huh :-). Receipt is a two weight font. Right now it's just a bitmap font, but I intend to create a MM font of each weight to simulate the wear and tear of the ribbon. Why? Because I can!